Live Nation: “Madonna Madame X Tour will touch only the cities announced”
According to Live Nation’s Arthur Fogel, Madonna’s Madame X Tour will touch only the cities that have already been announced: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, Boston, Philadelphia, London, Paris and Lisbon.
“We’re playing three cities in Europe – London, Paris, and Lisbon,” explains Arthur Fogel. “That’s it over there.”
“We’re going to do eight or nine cities over the course of the tour,” adds Fogel to Pollstar.
We’re playing three cities in Europe – London, Paris, and Lisbon. That’s it over there, and here, we’re doing LA [The Wiltern], New York [BAM], Chicago [The Chicago Theater], Miami [Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre], Vegas [Caesars Palace], Boston [the Boch Center Wang Theatre], Philly [The Met Philadelphia]. Multiple nights in each of those cities.Arthur Fogel
Arthur Fogel, the man overseeing Madonna‘s tour for the past 18 years, explains what to expect for Madonna’s Madame X Tour.
Madame X will be Fogel‘s sixth Madonna‘s tour. “I started with her in 2001,” he says. “This tour is a bit of a twist because she’s going to play multiple nights in smaller venues. It is not an arena tour or stadium tour.”
Fogel also explains why the choice of intimate venues.
It comes from this album, it’s just a different kind of vibe. It lends itself more to intimacy.
“As we talked about it, it seemed to make sense to go this route rather than into bigger buildings,” adds Fogel. “That’s what we’re going to do.”
Below an excerpt of the interview.
Pollstar: If she’s doing BAM I’m guessing it’s going to be fairly theatrical?
Arthur Fogel: Listen, Madonna’s shows always have that dimension to them, but I would say it’s much more about the musical tone and vibe than it is pure theatrics. Maybe you’ve heard the first single? It definitely sorts of Spanish influenced, world music-y, as much as a pop record.
Pollstar: Madonna doing BAM and the Wiltern and all these smaller theaters sounds like another innovative approach and iteration of the business. I would never have expected to see Madonna play those places in a million years.
Arthur Fogel: I think it’s important, over a touring career, to change things up. It’s a part of what excites fans, keeps artists energized. I mean if you go out and do the same thing every tour, eventually that catches up to you. I think it’s great when people change it up, do different things, certainly, as it relates to creating music. There used to be a lot more tolerance for people changing things up and trying different things. I think doing that live is really important to longevity as well.